T-Wolves Coach Flip Saunders Dies Of Cancer at 60-Years-Old

Flip Saunders

In August, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders announced that he was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma. Today, he died at the age of 60.

At the time of his announcement, it was believed that Saunders’ cancer was “very treatable and curable.” He was even expected to resume his duties as head coach and president of basketball operations with the club, but in September he suffered a setback that landed him back in the hospital.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement on Saunders’ passing:

“The NBA family is mourning today over the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Flip Saunders. With more than 40 years around the game, 20 of them in the NBA, Flip’s untimely passing has left a gaping hole in the fabric of our league. Flip was a beloved figure around the NBA, nowhere more so than in Minnesota, demonstrating a genuine and consistent passion for his players, his team and the game. On behalf of the NBA, we offer our most sincere condolences to Flip’s wife, Debbie, their four children and the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization.”

Flip Saunders spent 17 years as a head coach in the NBA, earning a 654-592 record and plenty of respect during that time.

Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Flip.

Here’s how the NBA reacted to this sad news:

Forever in my heart….

Posted by Kevin Garnett on Sunday, October 25, 2015

It was a honor and privilege to be coached and mentored by one of the most kind hearted and caring person in this world. You believed in me so much especially when you brought me over to Minnesota and seen my potential to be special in this league for that I am forever grateful. I love you and gonna miss you RIP FLIP until we meet again ❤️

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The sting of losing another loved one to cancer doesn’t get any easier. My thoughts & prayers are with the Saunders &Twolves family. Coach Saunders guided me into this league, he believed in me and taught me what it takes to be a good player and a better man. RIP Coach

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R.i.p Flip Sanders. You will be truly missed . Still cannot believe it.

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